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Expo touts skilled trades in Simcoe Countyhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/skilled-trades-2017-05-26.aspx5/26/2017 3:01:12 PMExpo touts skilled trades in Simcoe County<p>​<strong>Midhurst/May 26, 2017 </strong>– Approximately 2,500 Grade 7, 8 and 12 students from around Simcoe County were introduced to more than 40 skilled trades during the Simcoe Muskoka Skilled Trades Expo held on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at the Elmvale Community Centre. In addition to the student session that occurred throughout the day, the evening session was open to the public and was attended by more than 200 residents. </p><p>The Simcoe Muskoka Skilled Trades Expo, a partnership between the County of Simcoe, Simcoe County District School Board, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, Simcoe Muskoka Workforce Development Board, Georgian College, City of Barrie, City of Orillia, Springwater Township, and the Flos Agricultural Society, provided students with the opportunity to participate in hands-on demonstrations and interactive displays relating to dozens of skilled trades available in Simcoe County.</p><p>"As we start to roll out made in Simcoe County initiatives that support the local labour market, addressing shortages in the skilled trades continues to be one of our top priorities," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "These are the jobs of the future and it's important that we continue to promote this important sector to our youth. Thanks to all our partners, businesses, entrepreneurs, students and residents for making the event such a huge success."</p><p>The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a school to work program that opens the door for students to learn about the trades through co-operative education. Students have the opportunity to become registered apprentices and work towards their journeyperson certification while at the same time completing their secondary school diploma. 150 students transitioned from high school into full-time paid apprentices last year in Simcoe County through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program</p><p>There are more than 150 recognized trades in Ontario, ranging from agricultural equipment and motorcycle technicians, tool and die makers, and heavy equipment operators to bakers, hairstylists, and educational assistants.   </p><p>The 2016 Expo received national and provincial awards from both the Economic Developers Association of Canada and the Economic Developers Council of Ontario.</p><p>The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"> </p></span>
County identifies key age-friendly needs and prioritieshttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/age-friendly-2017-24-2017.aspx5/25/2017 4:44:01 PMCounty identifies key age-friendly needs and priorities<p><strong>Midhurst/May 24, 2017 –</strong> The County released the first phase of its Age-Friendly Needs Assessment, a foundational document that includes priorities and key areas of focus to assist in the development of our Positive Aging Strategy.  </p><p>The Age-Friendly Needs Assessment Executive Summary includes a comprehensive evaluation of feedback received through public and stakeholder consultations. The document identifies high-level age-friendly needs and priorities. The County will release the full Needs Assessment Report this summer followed by the launch of the <em>Positive Aging Strategy </em>by the end of 2017. The <em>Strategy</em> will include a detailed planning framework to support regional and municipal governments and businesses in building and strengthening age-friendly communities.</p><p>"Trends show that the percentage of our residents aged 55 and over could jump from 31 per cent today to 41 per cent by 2041," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "We recognize the importance of this shift in demographics and are working with our area partners to identify pressing needs and establish an action plan that will continue to establish Simcoe County as one of the best places in the world to live for residents of all ages." </p><p>The first phase of the Needs Assessment report highlights age-friendly needs, priorities and opportunities for future consideration and development. While the report addresses the World Health Organizations eight dimensions, there were four predominant themes identified in the evaluation:</p><ol><li><strong>Transportation </strong></li><ul><li>Improve public transportation options in and around the County including reliability and frequency</li><li>Enhance transportation services to get to medical appointments<br> </li></ul><li><strong>Communication/Information </strong></li><ul><li>Improve access to informational overall including communication of services, programs, events, volunteer opportunities and health services</li><li>Increase access to computer literacy training and intergenerational programming</li><li>Increase co-ordination of information and services among service agencies (59% of respondents don't know about 2-1-1)<br> </li></ul><li><strong>Affordability </strong></li><ul><li>Develop more affordable housing to address growing waitlists (average wait list time is 3-6 years)</li><li>Encourage development of more diverse housing options that are age-friendly</li><li>Find ways to encourage a variety of people to come out to social events and activities including those on fixed incomes<br> </li></ul><li><strong>Accessibility </strong></li><ul><li>Improve the accessibility of transportation, public and private buildings, create more accessible parking spaces, and improve accessibility to bus stops and taxis</li><li>Address communication needs of older citizens who may not be sourcing information on the internet </li></ul></ol><p>The full Age-Friendly Needs Assessment Executive Summary is available online at <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=b4f9fb01-b431-4afa-81a9-023c32b7d644">www.simcoe.ca/age-friendly</a> </p><p><strong>Age-Friendly Committee and Consultation Process</strong><br><strong> </strong>The County established the Age-Friendly Steering Committee to help guide the process. County Council has recently reconstituted the group as an ongoing Age-Friendly Advisory Committee to ensure continued focus and support of our older adults across the region. Feedback and interest in the Age-Friendly Community initiative have been tremendous. The County received 3,048 completed Age-Friendly surveys, conducted 12 informant interviews with community leaders and hosted 16 focus groups across our municipalities. These focus groups were held with caregivers, service providers, social club members, Francophones, newcomers, business owners, aboriginals and senior-living communities based on suggestions received from the Age-Friendly Community Project Steering Committee. The County also hosted eight (8) Public Consultant meetings in fall 2016. Telephone interviews were also conducted in an effort to gather information from harder to reach, isolated and low income older adults.</p><p><strong>About the Age-Friendly Community Initiative</strong><br> In July 2015, the County of Simcoe received $50,000 in funding from the Government of Ontario as part of its Age- Friendly Community Planning Grant Program. The funding program is operated through the Ontario Seniors' Secretariat and supports local governments and community organizations to undertake strategic planning and develop local plans to address aging demographics and further enable people of all ages to fully participate in community life. For full details, visit simcoe.ca/age-friendly.</p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p></span><p><br> </p>
Celebrate National Paramedic Services Weekhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/ps-week-2017-05-16.aspx5/16/2017 7:23:12 PMCelebrate National Paramedic Services Week<p>​<strong>Midhurst/May 16, 2017 –</strong> May 28 to June 3, 2017 is National Paramedic Services Week and activities are scheduled throughout Simcoe County to recognize and celebrate the dedication of our front line Paramedic Services personnel.</p><p>The celebrations start with the swearing in of our the Honourary Paramedic for a Day contest winner, Heidi Flood, a Grade 5 student from St. Paul's Catholic School, on May 23, 2017 during County Council. </p><p>Heidi's essay was chosen from over 60 essays submitted by local Grade 5 and 6 students who entered the annual writing contest. Heidi will receive a certificate, first aid bag, and stethoscope and will spend the day with a County of Simcoe paramedic crew learning about the job. This will include touring a paramedic station, meeting with police and fire personnel to learn how emergency services work together, and assisting paramedics as they perform a mock exercise.</p><p>"This is always a great week and we look forward to kicking it all off by swearing in Heidi as our honourary Paramedic for a Day," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "The vital role of our paramedics extends far beyond 9-1-1 medical response. County of Simcoe Paramedic Services provides community based programs, training and educational initiatives that help save lives. Join me in thanking all our amazing paramedics for their many contributions to our communities."</p><h2>Paramedic Services Week Events and Photo Opportunities:</h2><h4> </h4><p><strong>Paramedic for a Day Swearing-In Ceremony <br></strong><em>When:</em> Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 9 a.m. (beginning of County Council)<br> <em>Location:</em> County of Simcoe Administration Centre <br>County of Simcoe Paramedic Services will be swearing in the Honourary Paramedic for a Day contest winner, Heidi Flood, a Grade 5 student from St. Paul's Catholic School. Heidi will take part in a number of activities throughout the day. </p><p><strong>Meet the Fleet Day<br></strong><em>When</em>: Saturday, May 27, 2017 - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.<br><em>Location:</em> Simcoe County Museum<br>This is a family-friendly event, where residents will be provided with tours of our Paramedic Services vehicles, including ambulances, rapid response units, mobile command unit, UTV, public access defibrillator vehicle and more. Staff will be on-site to answer questions, lead tours and educate the public about the field of Paramedic Services. </p><p><strong>Mall Display<br></strong><em>When:</em> Wednesday, May 31, 2017<br><em>Location:</em> Georgian Mall, Barrie <br>Residents can learn more about Paramedic Services through ambulance tours, equipment displays and demonstrations as well as information on our Public Access Defibrillation (PAD) program information, File of Life and Community Paramedicine initiatives.</p><p><strong>Stretcher Push – Supporting Radio for Cardiology</strong> <br><em>When:</em> Thursday, June 1, 2017<br>County of Simcoe Paramedics will push a stretcher from Midland to Midhurst to raise money and awareness for the <em>Radio for Cardiology </em>campaign. This charitable event is being run in partnership with Larche Communications Inc. Donations will be accepted at key locations throughout the run including the Gateway to Elmvale and at the County of Simcoe Administration Centre. The route will be as follows:</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>5:45 a.m. start at 104.1 The DOCK – 355 Cranston Crescent, Midland </li><li>Hwy. 12 west</li><li>Hwy. 93 south </li><li>Hwy. 27 west/south to Elmvale (estimated arrival at Gateway to Elmvale </li><li>11 a.m.-12 p.m.) </li><li>4-5 p.m. <em>estimated</em> arrival at County of Simcoe Administration Centre - 1110 Hwy. 26, Midhurst </li></ul><p>Follow along on Twitter @SimcoeCountyPS using hashtags #paramedicpush and #R4C</p><p><strong>Save a Life CPR Day in Partnership with the Heart and Stoke Foundation<br></strong>When: Saturday, June 3, 2017 - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. <br><em>Location:</em> Lampman Lane Community Centre, Barrie  <br>Free to the public CPR/AED training session. To register visit <a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=94cedff5-191c-48b3-b09f-bdae210f509a">www.simcoe.ca/cpr</a> </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca.</strong></p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-color:initial;text-decoration-style:initial;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-color:initial;text-decoration-style:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-color:initial;text-decoration-style:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"> </p></span>
Learn how to Save-A-Lifehttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/learn-how-to-save-a-life-17-5-15.aspx5/15/2017 7:08:03 PMLearn how to Save-A-Life<p><strong>Midhurst / May 15, 2017</strong> – County of Simcoe Paramedic Services, in partnership with Heart & Stroke, is hosting a free Save-A-Life Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and defibrillation training course on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at the Lampman Lane Community Centre in Barrie, Ontario.</p><p>"More than 12,400 residents have received CPR training thanks in part to the strong partnership between the County of Simcoe and Heart & Stroke," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "Simcoe County continues to see extraordinary growth, making it essential that we provide our residents with the tools and training to help our emergency responders save lives."</p><p>Those interested are asked to register in advance for the following session:</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0" style="height:293px;"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:20%;"><strong>EVENT</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:100%;"><strong>​Save-A-Life CPR Training</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:20%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:100%;">​Lampman Lane Community Centre<br>59 Lampman Lane, Barrie, Ontario<br></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:20%;">​<strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:100%;"><strong>​Saturday June 3, 2017</strong><br>9 a.m. to noon</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:20%;"><strong>​Cost</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:100%;"><strong>​Free</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:20%;"><strong>​Registration</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:100%;">​<a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=94cedff5-191c-48b3-b09f-bdae210f509a">www.simcoe.ca/cpr</a><br>705-735-6901 or toll-free 1-800-263-3199</td></tr></tbody></table><p>Participants will receive instruction in the Heart & Stroke course which includes adult and child CPR, choking emergencies, and use of automated external defibrillators (AED). Participants who attend this Level-A course will receive a CPR card from Heart & Stroke. There is no cost to attend, but participants are asked to bring non-perishable food items for donation to the local food bank. </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Sandra Zambon<br>Manager, Program Development<br>Heart & Stroke<br>416-553-6999 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:sandra.zambon@heartandstroke.ca">sandra.zambon@heartandstroke.ca</a></p></span><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"> </p>
Controlled burn in Hogback Tract cancelledhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/controlled-burn-2017-05-10.aspx5/10/2017 6:09:43 PMControlled burn in Hogback Tract cancelled<p><strong>Midhurst/May 10, 2017 –</strong> The controlled burn, scheduled to occur in the Hogback Tract in Clearview Township (between the communities of Brentwood and New Lowell) this spring, has been cancelled. Due to ongoing wet conditions on the site, suitable requirements to achieve the desired results have not occurred and the window to conduct the burn this spring has closed. The site will continue to be monitored by staff. Consultation will occur with consultants to determine if a controlled burn can occur later this fall or in spring 2018.</p><p>Public questions and inquiries can be directed to our County Forestry Department by contacting Customer Service at 1-800-263-3199. </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"> </p></span>
Economic development partners host the 2017 Skilled Trades Expo on May 24http://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/skilled-trades-expo-2017-05-10.aspx5/10/2017 1:22:49 PMEconomic development partners host the 2017 Skilled Trades Expo on May 24<p>​<strong>Midhurst/May 10, 2017 </strong>– Economic development partners from across Simcoe County and the District of Muskoka are hosting the 2017 Simcoe Muskoka Skilled Trades Expo on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 at the Elmvale Community Arena. In addition to the student session occurring throughout the afternoon, this year's event includes an evening session which is open to the public free of charge from 5 to 7 p.m.</p><p>"This will be a tremendous opportunity for residents and job seekers to learn more about area businesses and career opportunities in the skilled trades," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "The 2016 event was recognized with national and provincial awards and this year's event will be bigger and better with approximately 30 businesses scheduled to participate. Join us and help us grow and support the skilled trades."</p><p>This year's Expo will feature two sessions: a student/school session from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and a session geared for the general public from 5 to 7 p.m. The early session will provide students with the opportunity to participate in hands-on demonstrations and interactive displays relating to dozens of skilled trades available in Simcoe County and Muskoka; while the evening session is open to the public and will provide residents of all ages with an opportunity to learn more about area businesses and career opportunities in the skilled trades. </p><p>Admission is free of charge; however, pre-registration is appreciated through <a href="http://bit.ly/2017smskilledtradesexpo">http://bit.ly/2017smskilledtradesexpo</a>  <br> <br></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:13%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:54%;"><strong>2017 Simcoe Muskoka Skilled Trades Expo </strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:13%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:54%;"><strong>Elmvale Community Arena </strong><br>14 George Street, Elmvale, Ontario</td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:13%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:54%;"><strong>Wednesday, May 24, 2017</strong><br><strong> </strong>Student/School session: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  <br><strong> </strong>Public session: 5 to 7 p.m.</td></tr></tbody></table><p> The Simcoe Muskoka Skilled Trades Expo is co-ordinated through a partnership between the County of Simcoe, Simcoe County District School Board, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, Simcoe Muskoka Workforce Development Board, City of Orillia, City of Barrie, Springwater Township, and the Flos Agricultural Society. </p><p>The 2016 Expo was attended by approximately 1,600 Grade 7 and 8 students from around Simcoe County who were introduced to more than 30 skilled trades. The successful event received national and provincial awards from both the Economic Developers Association of Canada and the Economic Developers Council of Ontario. </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"> </p></span>
National Emergency Preparedness Week in Simcoe Countyhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/ep-week-2017-05-03.aspx5/3/2017 1:02:16 PMNational Emergency Preparedness Week in Simcoe County<p><strong>Midhurst/May 3, 2017 </strong>– From May 7 to 13, the County of Simcoe is celebrating National Emergency Preparedness Week and reminds all residents to take steps to be prepared in the event of an emergency.</p><p>"You never know what Mother Nature may throw at us and Emergency Preparedness Week draws attention to the simple but potentially life-saving importance of planning ahead for emergency situations," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "From flooding to tornadoes to winter storms, we typically get hit with severe weather emergencies each year and our Emergency Management team continues to play a vital role in helping our communities prepare for disasters, while providing a wide range of programs and services to enhance our emergency planning and response protocols." </p><p>This year's national theme, as set by Public Safety Canada, is "Plan. Prepare. Be Aware."  With this campaign, families and individuals across Canada are encouraged to take action to protect themselves and their families during emergencies.  This theme highlights the importance of having an emergency preparedness kit and plan in place but specifically emphasizes the need to keep up to date on current conditions, like the weather, that might impact you.</p><p><em>Plan: </em></p><ul><li>Every Canadian household needs to make emergency plans that identify what to do, where to go and how to contact family members if disaster strikes.</li></ul><p><em>Prepare: </em></p><ul><li>Prepare an emergency kit that will allow your family to be self-sufficient for up to 72 hours.  You may need to live without power, tap water or natural gas until services are restored.  Your family's emergency preparedness kit should include: Non-perishable food and bottled water, crank radio, flashlight and batteries, first aid kit, extra keys, copies of important documents, cash, clothing and footwear, blankets or sleeping bags, toilet paper and toiletries, medication, whistle, and playing cards.</li></ul><p><em>Be Aware: </em></p><ul><li>Know the hazards that can occur in our area: floods, tornadoes, severe winter storms, hazardous material spills, explosions, transportation accidents, widespread power failures and disease outbreaks.  Use the news, social media or smartphone applications to be aware of power outages, and road and weather conditions in your area. </li></ul><p>For more information about emergency preparedness in Simcoe County, visit <strong><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=e2d3e86c-a21f-4d8b-a25b-e3794db26e3b">http://www.simcoe.ca/beprepared</a> </strong></p><p>The County of Simcoe is composed of 16 member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>. </p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;text-decoration-style:initial;text-decoration-color:initial;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a></p></span><p> </p>
NOTICE OF MEETINGS FOR COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE AND COUNCIL FOR THE MONTH OF MAY, 2017http://www.simcoe.ca/Clerks/Pages/NOTICE-OF-MEETINGS-FOR-COMMITTEE-OF-THE-WHOLE-AND-COUNCIL-FOR-THE-MONTH-OF-MAY,-2017.aspx5/2/2017 12:55:19 PMNOTICE OF MEETINGS FOR COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE AND COUNCIL FOR THE MONTH OF MAY, 2017<p><strong>TAKE NOTICE</strong> that the Corporation of the County of Simcoe will hold the following regular meetings of Committee of the Whole and Council during the month of May, 2017: </p><p>Tuesday, May 9</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Council 9:00 a.m.</li><li>Committee of the Whole 9:30 a.m.</li></ul><p>Tuesday, May 23</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Council 9:00 a.m.</li><li>Committee of the Whole 9:30 a.m.</li></ul><p>Unless otherwise specified, the meetings will be held in the County of Simcoe Council Chambers, County of Simcoe Administration Centre, 1110 Highway 26, Midhurst, Ontario.<br><br>The agendas for these meetings may be viewed approximately seven days prior by clicking on the following link: <br><br><font color="#0066cc"><a href="/Clerks/Pages/amr.aspx">http://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/clk/amr</a></font><br>  <br> Any person may attend the meetings.</p><p>Meeting dates and times are subject to change.</p><p>DATED at the County of Simcoe this 30th day of April, 2017.</p><p>John Daly<br> County Clerk<br> County of Simcoe<br> 1110 Highway 26<br> Midhurst, Ontario  L9X 1N6</p> <div>  </div>